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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 516964, 7 pages
Research Article

Using the SWEPT Methodology for a Preliminary Wind Potential Estimation

1ENSIAME, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut, Cambrésis, 59313 Valenciennes Cedex, France
2Université Lille Nord de France, 59000 Lille, France

Received 12 December 2013; Accepted 22 January 2014; Published 9 March 2014

Academic Editors: S. Li and S. Rehman

Copyright © 2014 Jean-Luc Menet. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The implantation of wind turbines generally follows a wind potential study which is made using specific numerical tools; the generated expenses are only acceptable for great projects. The purpose of the present paper is to propose a simplified methodology for the evaluation of the wind potential, following three successive steps for the determination of (i) the mean velocity, either directly or by the use of the most occurrence velocity (MOV); (ii) the velocity distribution coming from the single knowledge of the mean velocity by the use of a Rayleigh distribution and a Davenport-Harris law; (iii) an appropriate approximation of the characteristic curve of the turbine, coming from only two technical data. These last two steps allow calculating directly the electric delivered energy for the considered wind turbine. This methodology, called the SWEPT approach, can be easily implemented in a single worksheet. The results returned by the SWEPT tool are of the same order of magnitude than those given by the classical commercial tools. Moreover, everybody, even a “neophyte,” can use this methodology to obtain a first estimation of the wind potential of a site considering a given wind turbine, on the basis of very few general data.